While we don’t have all the solutions yet, we are rightly setting the bar high and committed to working together to make a difference. Our commitments on plastics are:
- All our own-brand packaging will be easy to recycle by 2023 (80% by 2020).
- We will use a minimum of 50% recycled plastic in PET bottles, pots, trays and punnets and HDPE bottles by 2021.
- We will eliminate own-brand CPET, black and dark plastic, packaging by 2020.
- We will eliminate single-use own-brand plastic products and packaging by 2023.
- We will work with partners to improve recycling rates and help customers reuse and recycle easily.
Look out in store
- Our meat product packaging, it's now made with a single material so can be recycled easily
- Our milk bottle top colours are a lighter shade, this makes them easier to recycle
- Our pizza bases are all cardboard, not polystyrene
- Our own-brand straws are paper not plastic
- Our Irresistible tomato packaging is cardboard not plastic
- Our mushroom pots are blue, not black, so they can be recycled easily too
- We also stock compostable carrier bags in selected stores in England and Scotland. They can be used to carry shopping home and then within food waste caddies and bins.
Single-use plastics are a critical threat to our environment and we're taking a stand. Back in 2017, we stated that we want to make all of our packaging easy to recycle and since then we've moved from 46% to 71% recyclable. That's real progress but we know we can do more despite the challenges involved. Find out how and why we're moving single-use plastics from our products altogether.
Less plastic bag waste
We've replaced single-use plastic carrier bags from almost 1,400 Co-ops with the UK's first compostable carrier bag. If your local authority collects food waste scraps, then Co-op bags will be the new, fully compostable version and can be used as kitchen food waste caddy liners.